Krooked Saints – comprising singer/guitarist Billy Mitchell and Steven Cox on bass, from Dundee, and drummer Jamie Allan, from Forfar – will be playing at The Eagle Bar in Inverness tonight, followed by the Y-Not Bar and Grill in Thurso tomorrow night. Our friends in Caithness, eager beavers that they are, sat them down and fired questions at singer Billy. He proceeded to answer them. And thus, an interview was conducted...
Q: How would you describe your style of music?
Our style of music is pretty rocky, heavier in parts but we are far from the likes of metal; it just has a heavier twist.
What can audiences expect from your set?
Ringing ears. We like it loud.
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played at?
Ha ha! Worst gig we played was a few weeks ago. Looked like Butlins or something! The “engineer’s” desk was behind the stage and the speakers were boxed in some sort of shelf. Was weirdest gig ever!
Have you ever had anything strange thrown at you on stage?
Coxy [Steven to his parents] once had a sex toy thrown at him from a man – it was really awkward!
What’s the first album you remember buying?
Can’t remember, it was probably rubbish!
Who was your music idol growing up?
I loved Noel Gallagher growing up. Absolute legend. Jamie was - and still is - a big fan of John Bonham, he watched a lot of him growing up.
When you’re on the road, is there anything you can’t live without?
Oxygen. We’re not the kind of folk who have lucky charms or things that. If we forget something before we set off we can make do without it for a while.
What has been your biggest musical success so far?
We’re still a very young band - less than four months old to be precise! We supported Palma Violets a few weeks ago and just announced that we will be supporting The View in Aberdeen – that’s a big one for us! In five years’ time we’ll hopefully have a tour outside the UK and some major festivals!
If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?
Figuring out how to be in a band!